The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight;
for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young – let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance – for understanding proverbs and parables, for sayings and riddles of the wise.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
This is the Prologue: Purpose and Theme of what we know as the Book of Proverbs, that collection of pithy two liners we sometimes refer to but probably wouldn’t read as a ‘book’. But there are several sections of prose and the first is this 7-verse explanation of what the book is about. Read it through again, and again, slowly, thinking about the Prologue (first line), the Purpose (lines 2-6) and the Theme (final line). It is a passage that deserves daily meditation as a prologue to any other scripture we read, and as a prologue to our daily lives.
Father God, teach me afresh how to fear you as well as love you, so that I may know and understand you better and your purpose for my life. Amen.